Monthly Archives: December 2021

What Do I Need To Know About the Lycoming O-320 Light Aircraft Engine?

The Lycoming O-320 is a popular engine with light aircraft. It is a large family of air-cooled four-cylinder direct-drive engines that are rated for either 150 or 160 horsepower. Variants of the engine are used in the Cessna 172, Piper Cherokee, and other planes. [caption id="attachment_993" align="alignleft" width="449"] The Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub is typically fitted with a 150-horsepower (112 kW) Lycoming engine, although it is not uncommon to see them equipped with a 160-horsepower O-320-B2B engine variant. [/caption] The 320-cubic-inch displacement of the O-320 engine makes it the perfect fit for your smaller airplanes. The engine family also ...

How Does a Tuned Exhaust System Impact My Aircraft’s Engine Performance?

Your plane's exhaust system greatly influences the fuel efficiency, power, and performance of your aircraft's engine. For this reason, no aircraft owner should skimp on the quality, design, and maintenance of their exhaust system. A tuned exhaust system is an option for some aircraft piston engines. The installation of a tuned exhaust system improves an aircraft's engine efficiency, power, and overall performance. To better understand how it works and differs from a traditional engine, we need to know how a traditional engine works. Related: How Does an Aircraft Exhaust System Affect Engine Performance?  How Does a Regular Aircraft Combustion Engine ...

What Do I Need To Know About My Jet Engine Exhaust System?

Today’s modern planes are generally powered by jet engines, or to be exact, gas turbines. While these engines are also used in racing trucks, motorcycles, and cars, they have some subtle to notable differences, depending on the vehicles they power. In a nutshell, a jet engine is any class of internal combustion engine that propels an aircraft (or wheeled vehicle) using the rearward discharge of a jet fluid, which is usually hot exhaust gas released by burning fuel. But to function properly, jet engines need an exhaust system. And in aircraft, exhaust plays more critical functions compared to cars ...

What Do I Need to Know About Light Aircraft?

Man's passion for flying has been around for ages. It is for this reason that the hobby of flying light aircraft still persists, even when larger, more commercially available airplanes can accommodate the needs of more passengers. [caption id="attachment_964" align="alignleft" width="451"] Our personal quest to reach out and touch the sky is fulfilled by light aircraft. Many plane owners enjoy the freedom and adrenaline that light aircraft flying provides.[/caption] So what exactly is a light aircraft? How light does a plane have to be for it to fall under the category of a "light aircraft"? Light aircraft ...

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